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MTN SA, Ericsson sign MOU for 5G collaboration

* MTN to trial a range of 5G use cases and applications in SA.* Working together to identify 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industry verticals.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and MTN have announced the first 5G trial in South Africa to start in the first quarter of 2018. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at AfricaCom 2017 to collaborate on the roll-out of 5G technologies in SA, one of the first in Africa.

Ericsson provides end-to-end 5G capabilities in support of MTN SA's growth, 5G and enterprise monetisation ambitions. MTN will trial a range of 5G use cases and applications in its Test Bed (laboratory) proof of concept in SA, leading to commercial deployment in the future.

MTN and Ericsson will collaborate to demonstrate the true potential of 5G in SA. Together, they will identify 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industry verticals such as mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and utilities.

"5G gives us the opportunity to rethink our business and address previously untapped value chains. The new technology opens up new opportunities in new ecosystems," says Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology and Information Officer, MTN SA.

"In collaboration with Ericsson, we are continuously testing, learning and pushing the boundaries of how 5G can meet the diverse needs of our customers in the future. We're developing 5G technology based on real business needs," he says.

"Not only does Ericsson have the most signed telecom operator MOUs in the industry, but we are now the first to launch a 5G initiative with MTN in Africa," says Seckin Arikan, Vice-President and Head of Global Customer Unit MTN at Ericsson Middle East and Africa.

"This supports our strategy of delivering next-generation mobile broadband, cloud and providing support for massive Internet of things (IOT) deployment. This initiative also enables new industry use cases thanks to increased throughput and reduced latency," he adds.

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Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN".

As at the end of 30 June 2010, MTN recorded 129.2 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The MTN Group is a global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and has exclusive mobile content rights for Africa and the Middle East. Visit http://www.mtn.com and http://www.mtnfootball.com.